What We Believe

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church has been an integral part of life in the North Wales Community since 1776. Although centuries and generations have passed into history since then, this congregation's commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ remains the bedrock upon which our congregation's ministry to the local community and wider world is built.

Part of St. Peter’s history and legacy is a strong commitment to social ministry, which is perpetuated through many initiatives and the charitable contributions of our Thrift Store. The church has embraced the emergence of new technology, communication, and creative worship to follow the pioneer spirit of our founders.

St. Peter's is a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and a member of the Lutheran World Federation.  

St. Peter's mission is to:  
Invite all people to know, live and share Jesus Christ

ELCA Confession of Faith

Lutherans believe in the Triune God. God created and loves all of creation — the earth and the seas and all of the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God's Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God's Spirit is active in the world.

What we believe in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

  • This church confesses the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • This church confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe

  • Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

  • The proclamation of God's message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

  • The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

  • This church accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life.

  • This church accepts the Apostles', Nicene and Athanasian. Creeds as true declarations of the faith of this church.

  • This church accepts the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it In faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.

  • This church accepts the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.

  • This church confesses the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God's mission in the world.

Find more information at the ELCA website